July 7th, 2011
08:17 PM ET

Lightning strikes tree near Caylee Anthony memorial site

Hours after Casey Anthony learned on Thursday that she will leave jail next week, lightning apparently struck a tree next to a makeshift memorial in honor of her slain daughter,  Caylee.

No one saw lightning strike the pine tree on Suburban Drive in Orange County, Florida, where teddy bears and flowers mark the spot where 2-year-old Caylee's remains were found on December 11, 2008.

But long, diagonal strips of exposed wood scarred the tall pine tree, WESH reported, and bits of bark lay scattered across the road.

"It could be a sign from the angels that they aren't happy with what's happened," a visitor to the site told the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. "The rain, the lightning, the storm - it's the heavens indicating they aren't happy."

There are more lightning strikes in Florida per square mile than in any other state, according to weather.com.

A Pinellas County jury acquitted Anthony, 24, of murder and manslaughter charges Tuesday in the death of her daughter. The same jury convicted her of four charges of obstruction of justice for lying to police during the search for Caylee.

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Anthony to four years in jail - one year for each of her four convictions - but with credit for nearly three years already served and good behavior, her release date was set for Wednesday, July 13, a court spokeswoman said.

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  1. orly

    Why didn't the heavens just zap her.. duh
    Its just lightning.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dingobaby

    G-d picks his batlles, eh?

    July 8, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. invisiblepinkunicorn

    the pine tree was gay.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  4. invisiblepinkunicorn

    Kim Kardashian is upset with Casey Anthony verdict? your father defended O.J.! Starting the Kardashian tradition of getting black men off.

    July 8, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      stolen from Bill Maher, but nice quote either way.

      July 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Francis Sills

    If you don't pay your light bill for 31 days.. no power! If you don't pay your water bill for 31 days.. no water! If you don't return a movie you rented for 31 days.. you pay for that movie! If you dont pay a ticket for 31 days you go to jail. If you don't report your child missing for 31 days, what happens?? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! – repost if you agree!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. suellen best

    Over the entire year, the highest frequency of cloud-to-ground lightning is in Florida between Tampa and Orlando. This is due to the presence, on many days during the year, of a large moisture content in the atmosphere at low levels (below 5,000 feet), as well as high surface temperatures that produce strong sea breezes along the Florida coasts. http://www.nssl.noaa.gov/primer/light​ning/ltg_climatology.html

    July 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      well DUH! that's because god made it that way to try to scare the devil into giving his loose teeth to the tooth fairy so he could get presents on xmas from santa (or the easter bunny if santa is dead of coronary heart disease). Like, Duh!

      July 8, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. FU

    How is lying to the police considered good behavior?

    July 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. drinch

    Weehehehehehehehehehehehehee!.....He sure is mysterious, ain't he!?! Yeeehehehehehehehehe!

    July 8, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. byne

    @havvalues- I think we all have compassion for a dead two year old, its just easy to make a mockery of this. Even you must agree the insanity of this, partly perpetuated by Nancy Grace (ahem) is an easy target.

    July 8, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    Maybe the tree was gay and god was smiting it for that,

    July 8, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jack Russell

    People are reaching...trying to find something – anything to extend this case to fill their otherwise empty lives. It's over. It never concerned you personally any way. You all have let that drag queen Nancy Grace work you into a frenzy and now what will you do with your time? Take this time and go volunteer and help someone.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bobbi

      I am not filling my 'empty' life with this. I simply feel for the little girl who did not deserve to die & seek that the KILLER be brought to justice. We are Americans and when we feel strongly about a situation we come together & make it so. Casey Anthony will pay for what she's done.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • MaryH

      So basically you have no compassion for a 2 yr old little girl who's life was taken by her mother, but because the case was so long drawn out due to her lies & an OJ was pulled, we have empty lives? If it was close to home for u I'm sure your opinion would prove otherwise

      July 8, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      As a young mother, this case hit close to home for me. I do have a life and it is far from empty. I wanted to see justice for this little girl who was murdered at around the same age my son is now. No justice was given for her. and as far as the people who've been saying she was being "A typical young person" after the case, she was a young mother, and i know many other mothers that have children at the same age she was when Caylee was born and none of them killed their child. None of them would party if their child was missing. and all of them would report that child missing in a heartbeat if they couldn't find them.

      July 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CriticalThinkingPowersActivate

    What is going on? This is like a scene from Twilight Zone! It's like living in a land of emotional cripples. Has everyone drank the KOOL AID??? And now, it storms and lightning strikes a tree and society is experiencing another emotional meltdown and the media is having a field day!! This is mortifying and way beyond absurd. Ultimately, ghastly! The things in which Casey Anthony is being judged for is no different than all the hate, judgment, persecution, and dispersions that is being cast upon her by the public. She may be guilty but it is not for us to decide and make that call. I hope for her safety as a fellow human being that they moved her date up just to get her out of jail to a safehouse somewhere so that Nancy Grace's cult followers cannot stalk her and burn her at the stake regardless of her guilt or innocence.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ruth

      wow. hate to tell you, it's not only the people that watched Nancy Grace's follow-ups that think she's guilty. lol

      July 8, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Revenge of the Nerd

    Ok, so let me get this right. The same people who discount the Bible as a "story" believe Nancy Grace's words as the gospel? All those who want proof of a god want to lynch Casey when the prosecution can't even come up with proof of where or how Caylee died. Not everything can be proven, people, that's why it's called "faith." As for the atheists who want proof that there is a god, I ask them for proof that there isn't.

    July 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      nerd: that's the weakest, most ridiculous argument there is! it is not the responsibility of science or anyone to prove the non-existence of anything. that's not how the scientific method works. Did you take high school science? As for a counter argument, show me proof that the Flying Spaghetti Monster does not exist! See how that works? *sigh* And these people actually breed and vote.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Revenge of the Nerd

      @pasta: I'm not here to bash anyone's beliefs. I don't care what others believe, I have my own faith. I'm a Christian, but I don't think lightning hitting a tree is an act of God. Hell, on July 4th wind and lightning took out 2 dozen trees in my neighborhood. I didn't feel like we were being punished. I've actually agreed with many of your posts Pasta. I don't say my religion is the only right one. I don't try to push it on others. We should choose what works for us. I'm sure that if there's one thing God hates, it's the people here on Earth that do so much evil in his name, or twist the Bible to push their power/political agenda. Faith to me has always been a private matter. I wish others would keep it that way too.

      July 8, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • pastafarian

      @nerd: I have no problem with your beliefs or your faith – whether I agree with them or not. The only thing I took excpetion to was the "prove that god does NOT exist" argument. As a trained scientist, this is a twisting of the method we use every day to push forward the boundaries of physics, astronomy, medicine, research, genetics, etc. It is done by starting with a hypothesis and then testing that hypothesis. Not by trying to prove a negative result. That isn't practical or logical.

      But I do agree that faith is, and should remain, a private matter.

      Take care.

      July 8, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Reese

    You people sound really stupid! If you believe that GOD is the ruler of all then he woud have had her found guilty. He controls everything that happens on earth. Perhaps if you believe that lightning to strike at this tree maybe its the Angels upset that man has found themselves better than GOD and can judge another human being. NONE OF YOU knows what really happened you're only making this judgement based off of what the media has told you to believe. For all we know it could have been the grandmother or grandfather neither of which were perfect .. GET A LIFE AND STOP THINKING YOU'RE GOD!!

    July 8, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ColumbusOhio

    This case certainly shows how people got lynched in days gone by. Thank goodness the jury was sequestered, so they could try the case by the evidence, rather than by pundit conclusion and community sentiment. We should all be proud to live in a country that acquitted this lady.

    July 8, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
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